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Why do we use “its” for possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why doesn't “its” have an apostrophe? Generally, there is an apostrophe when someone possesses something: That's Gerald's cat. Gerald's cat is dead. ...
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Why is the misspelling of “its” (possessive) so widespread? [duplicate]

It happens everywhere: blogs, forums, newspapers, ... Example: “Regrettably, the time President Trump spent sharing sensitive information with the Russians, was time he did not spend focussing ...
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Why don't we use an apostrophe to denote ownership on 'it'? [duplicate]

We use apostrophes to denote ownership: I wrapped the cat's claws so he wouldn't scratch me while I handled him. However, we don't use an apostrophe when 'it' is the owner. The cat licked its ...
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If apostrophe-S is possessive, should “it's” be used when referring to an object's possessions or not? [duplicate]

For example, which is correct: The robot can then compute it's coordinates. or The robot can then compute its coordinates. What's the rule here? It seems a little inconsistent.
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Its/It's for “It”, but not for other words? [duplicate]

Why is there a distinction between "it's" and "its"? You can write "The cat's walking." where "cat's" might ambiguously be either "cat is" or "cat (possessive)", and I don't think anyone considers ...
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Why is there a distinction between “its” and “it's”?

While I know technically the English language has a distinction because when there's a conflict between the possessive form and a contraction, the contraction wins. That is: Its is the possessive ...
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Is the possessive of “one” spelled “ones” or “one's”?

I've been confused about this as long as I can remember. Should it be: One should do ones duty. or One should do one's duty. I'm guessing it should be the latter. But that doesn't sit well ...
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Where did the practice of using apostrophes for possessive nouns but not pronouns originate?

Where did the practice of using apostrophes for possessive nouns but not pronouns originate? For example, possessive nouns (both proper and common) are written with a apostrophe before the final s: ...
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When did it become incorrect to use apostrophes with possessive pronouns?

I'm reading Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and I notice that she invariably uses an apostrophe with possessive pronouns — in a way that would be considered incorrect now. For example: (Elinor is ...
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Concerning: its'

During my formative years, I had access to many older publications and learned, or thought I did, that its' is the proper way to indicate possession. Thus: "Speaking of this boat, its' hull needs ...